Jungle Trails and Jungle People ~ Paperback ~ Caspar Whitney

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Excerpt from Jungle Trails and Jungle People: Travel, Adventure and Observation in the Far East I wonder if it is quite fair to ask an author's "underlying motive" for writing a book. The Publisher declares that it is - and he is a sage in his day and generation. He says the public wants to know; but I say that the public does not care a "whoop" - if you remember what that precisely signifies. Between ourselves, it is a tradition of bookmaking which exacts toll of you and me without giving either of us any return of happiness. Besides, suppose the public does want to know, and suppose the desire to be prompted by curiosity rather than by interest, as is more than likely - should the author yield to the demand? To be sure he may owe much to the indulgent reader, who too frequently gets little enough of a run for his money, - but is not the author paying rather too dearly by thus taking the further risk of incurring criticism of his motives in addition to the criticism which may salute his book? It seems to me that to face one risk is enough for one author - certainly enough for this one author. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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